Svart Powerhouse Hotel

“Svart” hotel is the first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate.

Snøhetta in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, has designed “Svart” the world’s first Powerhouse hotel.

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The hotel is situated just above the Arctic Circle, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway.

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Not only does this new hotel reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy – an absolute “must” in this precious arctic environment. The hotel will also become the world’s northernmost Powerhouse building.

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The term “Powerhouse” is used to describe so-called “plus house” buildings built by the Powerhouse collaboration. “Plus houses” are energy producing buildings that, in the course of a 60 year period, will generate more renewable energy than the total amount of energy that would be required to sustain daily operations and to build, produce materials and demolish the building.

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source Snøhetta